Monday, 25 August 2014

Fairy Autumn

I'm still not willing to admit we're heading into the tail end of summer. Nope, not me, I don't care if the fair is on and that signals that September is around the corner. I'm sticking my head in the sand until I can't deny it any further.

I will however, admit that somewhere, in another universe, the leaves are changing colours and falling, and they fall into a gently flowing river that gathers them up into a bouquet to be used to brighten up a dark day.

Scented with black raspberry vanilla

Title:  Leaves in Flower

Back side. Maybe it should be the front.

Oatmeal infused bottom



Anyone else have momentary lapses of sanity where they write sentences straight out of bad romance novels? (Not that I'd know anything about those).





Monday, 11 August 2014

Mixing it up

I was looking at Cee's post on her bubble bath cupcakes, which was a bath bomb on the bottom and bath melt on top. It made me wonder what else you could mix together in terms of soaps.

Having some bath fizzes laying around, I decided to try putting into regular soap. I had to really watch the temperature of the soap since I didn't want it liquid-y enough to start the fizzing process (no idea if it would or not, but I didn't want the neighbours to hear me cursing if it did) so the soap ended up being almost like a jelly when I poured it.

I'm not sure how it will work out; I'm hoping that if used in a bath, the fizzies will fizz and leave the indentation behind in the soap, which would be kinda cool.


The back actually looks better than the front.




What new techniques are you currently working on? Have a great week!



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Opposites don't necessarily attract

I'd thought of calling this soap Two Face (aka Harvey Dent for those of you who like Batman) but then I realized, it's more like Four Face, so scratch that idea.

In yet another attempt to contrast and compare, I chose colours that I thought would compliment one another. Or maybe those back to school ads are starting to get to me and I'm choosing school colours. :P


Front

to back

It's not clear from the picture but the purple and ivory are actually at different points. I layered the purple, and poured a thin layer of clear honey base, let it set, and then added the ivory piece and finished it all off with another thin layer of honey base. This soap has a blend of scents, from Bordeaux Blend to champagne, and of course a hint of honey, which should make for an interesting shower.

Monday, 28 July 2014

A continuation of contrasts

I liked the idea of contrast so much I decided to do some more and this time try and get a brighter background.
I know, dragonflies are much brighter than this, but I really wanted a contrast.

And my sister-in-law asked me to make her some wine guest soaps for her shop.

Scented with BB's Bordeaux Blend

Short and sweet for a change. Hope everyone had a great weekend.



Monday, 21 July 2014

Tribute Soaps

You know how there are tribute bands? They sing the songs of the great bands of old and even dress like them. Well these are my tribute soaps to movies, but since I'm not using the same genre, I'm taking very large artistic license.

We recently watched Dark Shadows on Netflix and I was drawn to the contrast of Barnabas' (Johnny Depp) very stark colouring versus the very bright colours of some of the other characters. This inspired the following soaps.


I like to think of this as Barnabas with Angelique.

I'd made the water/sky too dark so you couldn't see the "sand" beneath.
My "Jaws" tribute. ;)

Jaws sneaking up on the unsuspecting shell.

Monday, 14 July 2014

She Sells Seashells

With the beautiful weather and the proximity to the beach, I've decided to stay with the beach theme. I've had this mould for a while now, but this is the first time I'm trying it out.

I should've (coulda, woulda) re-watched the Soapqueen tv episode where she makes the clam shell soap but I thought I could do it from memory (hah!) Why I keep deluding myself into thinking I can remember things is beyond me. I like to think this is what Mother Nature would've created if she was smoking some of her other creations. ;)

At least the background for the soaps is beautiful.

Scented with Green Garden from WSP.




One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is not the same.


I think I'll call this one Ariel's bra. (Yes, I've had some wine, why do you ask?)


Monday, 7 July 2014

Summer Soaps

I love the warm weather we've been having. To me, summer is all about lots of fruits and veggies being in season locally, rather than being imported from Florida or California. I've been eating as many thimbleberries as I can find and also buying as much local fruit as I can.

One of the fruits that always makes me think summer is watermelon. I remember eating it as a child, although it was never one of my favourites because I am lazy and hated having to pick through the seeds. I was so happy when they came up with seedless watermelons.

I do however, really love watermelon FO and have been wanting to try my hand at watermelon soap for a while. I've seen many versions of it and they're all lovely. I wish I had the proper mould to make a watermelon wedge, but I settled for making it in a rounded mould.


I tried making it with low sweat, forgetting that embeds don't work nearly as well in it.


But from the side, I like it more than the clearer one because I actually made the rind thick enough.


What's your favourite summertime fruit or vegetable?